Northern Illinois Prepares for MAC Foes at Ball State Quadrangular

GO HUSKIES Alex Schad is one of a handful of Huskies sitting on the bubble for a MAC meet berth
GO HUSKIES
Alex Schad is one of a handful of Huskies sitting on the bubble for a MAC meet berth
GO HUSKIES

Feb. 14, 2013

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DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois track & field team runs in their final regular season indoor meet of the year Friday when they compete in the Ball State Quadrangular.
 
The meet begins at 4 p.m. CT with the weight throw, long jump, high jump and pole vault. Running events get underway at 5:15 p.m. with the prelims of the 60 hurdles and 60 meters.
 
"This week at Ball State, the staff is looking for the ladies to continue their strong efforts, competing with confidence and urgency," said NIU head coach Connie Teaberry. "We have several ladies on the bubble of qualifying for the MAC Championships. They must either maintain their standings or they are just shy of that 20th cut off mark, therefore needing to improve their standings."
 
The Huskies wrapped up their stay in Michigan with several top performances at Grand Valley State's Big
Meet. In addition to eight personal record performances on the final day, NIU recorded 11 top 10 finishes in the two-day competition. Janay Mitchell and Megan Gregory each earned automatic berths into the MAC Indoor Championships in the 60 meters and 60 hurdles, respectively. In addition, Jamie Burr placed third in the 800 meters and earned personal records in two events during the weekend.
 
Northern will take on Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Ball State in the Huskies' second scored meet of the indoor season. The Broncos won this same meet last season and have posted strong showings this season, winning the BGSU Challenge and taking third at Minnesota's Jack Johnson Classic. Meanwhile, the MU RedHawks have had seven athletes earn MAC automatic qualifying marks during the season and Ball State features standouts in middle distance runner Mary Kate Mellen and high jumper Haley Austin.
 
However, the biggest goal for each of the four teams in the field will be to get their athletes into next week's conference championships.
 
"This is definitely the meet to see those improvements occur," Teaberry said. "The other four teams attending are MAC institutions, so the ladies will get a preview of next week's championship competition. This competition allows them the opportunity to see how some of their competitors are performing, which should push our ladies to great results."
 
The meet will feature a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring format, but only the top two competitors with each team can score. NIU finished second at the meet a season ago with 109 points.
 
Fans can follow along with the action with live results at BallStateSports.com.

Huskies in the MAC Rankings
NIU athletes in the MAC's Top 30 in each event (Top 20 advance to conference meet)

60 Meters (MAC Auto: 7.66)
5. Janay Mitchell*,  7.63

60 Hurdles (MAC Auto: 8.72)
7. Megan Gregory*,  8.65
23. Jenelle McCalla, 9.04

200 Meters (MAC Auto: 24.78)
25. Janay Mitchell,  25.48

400 Meters (MAC Auto: 56.61)
29. Julianne Cronin,  58.08

800 Meters (MAC Auto: 2:13.37)
14. Jamie Burr,  2:14.80

3000 Meters (MAC Auto: 9:57.02)
28. Meghan Heuer,  10:12.23

5000 Meters (MAC Auto: 17:33.47)
28. Juliane Totzke,  17:59.61

4x400 Relay
10. McCalla, Miller, Burr, J. Cronin,  3:56.78

High Jump (MAC Auto: 1.68m)
18. Ida Burbulla,  5-03.75 (1.62m)
29. Michaela Dwyer,  4-11.00 (1.50m)

Long Jump (MAC Auto: 5.75m)
25. Ellen Renk,  17-04.75 (5.30m)
26. Alex Schad,  17-00.50 (5.19m)

Triple Jump (MAC Auto: 11.74m)
10. Ellen Renk,  37-05.75 (11.42m)
19. Alex Schad,  35-01.25 (10.70m)

Shot Put (MAC Auto: 14.42m)
9. Sidra Sherrill,  46-09.00 (14.25m)
25. Olivia Herzog,  41-07.75 (12.69m)
30. Jasmine Maclin,  38-06.00 (11.73m)

Pentathlon
11. Michaela Dwyer,  3074 points#

* - MAC Automatic Qualifying mark
# - NCAA converted times